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Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ courageously removes home button, conveniently keeps headphone jack

Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ courageously removes home button, conveniently keeps headphone jack

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Samsung has officially announced the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ at events in London and New York as it outlines its new flagship smartphone position. The new Galaxy S8 comes in two sizes, the regular model offering a 5.8-inch display and the S8+ offering... >>

Mobile HDR: Dolby Vision, HDR10 and Mobile HDR Premium explained

Mobile HDR: Dolby Vision, HDR10 and Mobile HDR Premium explained

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Mobile HDR got off to something of a false start. When Samsung announced the Galaxy Note 7 in 2016, it also announced that it had equipped the super-sized smartphone with an HDR display and that glorious movies would be streamed to your phone for enjoyment... >>

UE Wonderboom is a palm-sized explosion of Bluetooth wonderment

UE Wonderboom is a palm-sized explosion of Bluetooth wonderment

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UE has announced a new Boom model, this time going smaller with the UE Wonderboom.The Wonderboom carries all the hallmarks you'd expect from the family. It's solidly built, waterproof and comes in a range of funky colours - grey, black, red, blue, pink... >>

Ultimate Ears UE Wonderboom review: An explosion of musical joy
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Ultimate Ears UE Wonderboom review: An explosion of musical joy

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UE is back with the Wonderboom, the latest Bluetooth speaker to join the Boom party. And this time it's going small. Like the UE Roll 2, this speaker takes things smaller, making it even easier to port around its fun brand of Bluetooth music, but doing... >>

Citroen C3 (2017) review: Bringing back the oh la la
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Citroen C3 (2017) review: Bringing back the oh la la

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Citroen has been through something of a rough patch. With German cars often being the first choice, the French have been fighting to get back some of the verve and passion that they used to possess. For Citroen, much of the small car amour found itself... >>

Connected watches of Baselworld 2017: From hybrid to smart in all shapes and sizes

Connected watches of Baselworld 2017: From hybrid to smart in all shapes and sizes

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Baselworld is a politely divided show. On one hand you have the most exquisite watches ever made, you have heritage and tradition, craftsmanship and some very expensive results.On the other hand, you have a movement to upgrade the watch into something... >>

Best 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray players 2017

Best 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray players 2017

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Many will proclaim that optical media is dead and that streaming is the way ahead, but one look at the quality of the latest blockbuster movies on Ultra HD Blu-ray and you'll change your mind.Ultra HD Blu-ray hit the headlines in 2016. With a standardised... >>

Casio Pro Trek Smart WSD-F20 UK price confirmed as £450

Casio Pro Trek Smart WSD-F20 UK price confirmed as £450

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Casio didn't bring the first Android Wear watch it launched - the WSD-F10 - to the UK, but we've now had it confirmed that the new version will be coming to the UK.Casio confirmed at Baselworld 2017 that the new Pro-Trek Smart WSD-F20 model will be... >>

What is Sky Q, how much does it cost and how can I get it?

What is Sky Q, how much does it cost and how can I get it?

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Sky Q has been around for more than a year now, first launching as a premium service but now offered as the de facto option for newcomers to Sky TV.Existing Sky+ users can also upgrade to Sky Q at reduced rates, so it's really the future for the provider.... >>

Samsung Galaxy S7 tips and tricks: Master your new Galaxy

Samsung Galaxy S7 tips and tricks: Master your new Galaxy

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The Samsung Galaxy S7 is one of the hottest smartphones of 2016, along with its Samsung Galaxy S7 edge sibling and winner of Best Smartphones in the Pocket-lint Gadget Awards 2016.The SGS7 launched on Android Marshmallow, but has updated to Android Nougat... >>

Bixby is Samsung's new artificial intelligence bot, makes debut on Samsung Galaxy S8

Bixby is Samsung's new artificial intelligence bot, makes debut on Samsung Galaxy S8

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Samsung has confirmed that it is launching Bixby and it will be making its debut on the Samsung Galaxy S8.Samsung describes Bixby as a solution to a very modern problem, where devices are getting so complicated that users can't operate them. Bixby is... >>

Swatch is developing its own smartwatch platform, avoiding the lure of Android Wear

Swatch is developing its own smartwatch platform, avoiding the lure of Android Wear

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Swatch is looking to enter the smartwatch market using its own platform, the company confirmed in an interview on 16 March, choosing not to follow suit and use Google's Android Wear as a number of rivals have done.Company CEO Nick Hayek confirmed the... >>

Samsung 4K HDR TV choices for 2017: QLED Q9F, Q8C, Q7C and Q7F compared

Samsung 4K HDR TV choices for 2017: QLED Q9F, Q8C, Q7C and Q7F compared

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Samsung's 2017 line-up of TVs is on us, introducing more models that promise to offer outstanding results.The big introduction is QLED being pushed as the flagship branding, with four models in this new top tier carrying the Q moniker. Other categories... >>

Huawei P10 Lite promises flagship thrills at bargain prices

Huawei P10 Lite promises flagship thrills at bargain prices

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Huawei has released a new Lite handset, this time piggybacking on the recently-announced Huawei P10 flagship. The new Huawei P10 Lite adopts some of the P10's design principles, with a narrow bezel and compact body carrying a 5.2-inch full HD display.... >>

Best Android phones: These are the Androids you're looking for

Best Android phones: These are the Androids you're looking for

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Android now makes up a huge proportion of the smartphone market. Unlike Apple where you have the choice of a smaller or larger iPhone, in Android you have some serious decisions to make when it comes to buying a new phone. Android celebrates variety and... >>

Samsung Galaxy S7 edge review: Still a smartphone champion
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Samsung Galaxy S7 edge review: Still a smartphone champion

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Samsung has drawn a line between its two flagship handsets for 2016, launching a 5.1-inch Samsung Galaxy S7, partnered with a 5.5-inch Samsung Galaxy S7 edge. The latter, more visually striking model with curved edges, has taken the lion's share of the... >>

Samsung Galaxy S7 edge retrospective: This is still a fantastic phone

Samsung Galaxy S7 edge retrospective: This is still a fantastic phone

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Of all the phones we saw in 2016, it was the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge that had the greatest impact. Arriving alongside a flat Galaxy S7 that was pretty close to the Galaxy S6, the S7 edge made more sense, pulling into a space that made the S6 edge+ more... >>

Tag Heuer Connected Modular 45 is a luxury modular Android smartwatch

Tag Heuer Connected Modular 45 is a luxury modular Android smartwatch

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Tag Heuer has followed its first Connected smartwatch with a new model that features a unique twist. As well as offering a 45mm 400 x 400 pixel Android Wear 2.0 smartwatch module, the Tag Heuer Connected Modular 45 offers the option to replace it with... >>

Volvo electric car targets 250 miles, mass-market pricing, 2019 launch

Volvo electric car targets 250 miles, mass-market pricing, 2019 launch

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Volvo is no stranger to technology. The car maker's autonomous plans have been well documented, running hand-in-hand with the company's desire to ensure that there are no deaths on the road that lay at the fault of a Volvo car. Safety is synonymous with... >>

Watch the Tag Heuer Connected Modular 45 smartwatch launch live right here

Watch the Tag Heuer Connected Modular 45 smartwatch launch live right here

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Tag Heuer previously confirmed plans to unveil a new watch in its Connected family and taking to Twitter, it has teased the new announcement on 14 March, as well as confirming that it will be livestreaming the event on YouTube.It's expected that the new... >>

TomTom Adventurer review: Great for the great outdoors
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TomTom Adventurer review: Great for the great outdoors

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The TomTom Adventurer takes the company's existing sports watch line-up - as familiar in the Runner or Spark - with the added twist of a barometer for additional outdoor activity tracking abilities.TomTom is clearly looking to cement its place in sport... >>

Nokia's trolling Twitter users, dropping flagship phone hints at every turn

Nokia's trolling Twitter users, dropping flagship phone hints at every turn

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Nokia's recent Mobile World Congress launches of the Nokia 6, 5 and 3 - and that 3310 - omitted one major thing from a new line-up of phones: a proper flagship. Prior to launch there had been plenty of talk about a flagship device, nicknamed the P1,... >>

Tommy Hilfiger, Hugo Boss and Movado Android Wear watches confirmed for 2017 launch

Tommy Hilfiger, Hugo Boss and Movado Android Wear watches confirmed for 2017 launch

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Movado Group - guardians of a number of fashion watch brands such as Tommy Hilfiger and Hugo Boss - has confirmed that it will be launching a family of Android Wear 2.0 watches.There will be five styles of men's watches unveiled by Movado at Baselworld... >>

What is QLED? Samsung's new TV tech explained

What is QLED? Samsung's new TV tech explained

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Samsung used CES 2017 to introduce a new type of TV technology that could prove to be a major leap forward in picture quality. It's called QLED, which you may think is incredibly similar to OLED. That's no coincidence, as both TV types are battling to... >>

In the muddle of HDR and Quantum Dots, it's Samsung's 'Invisible Connection' that's got our geek juices flowing

In the muddle of HDR and Quantum Dots, it's Samsung's 'Invisible Connection' that's got our geek juices flowing

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We've spent the day taking a closer look at the Samsung QLED TV range. Announced at CES 2017 and due to launch sometime in March or April, these TVs look to be a quantum leap in the LED vs OLED war. There's a huge amount of technology being piled into... >>